A freelance journalist is fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked outside Bethnal Green Tube station.

Gary Carter, 36, was visiting London to cover the England Rugby League test match against New Zealand at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, November 7.

He had travelled down from Greater Manchester earlier in the week with the intention of reporting on the game.

His wife, Gemma, who rushed to be at his bedside at Royal London Hospital, told the Evening Standard : “He remains critical but comfortable.

“Gaz will be embarrassed by the fuss but he needs to know how loved he is by everybody.

“I love him with every breath in my body and I am praying he will pull through.”

The freelancer suffered a head injury following an assault in the early hours of Friday, November 6.

Police were called at around 1am to Cambridge Heath Road to an “altercation” between two men.

James Flanagan, 35, of Marsden Street, Kentish Town, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Thames Magistrates Court on Saturday, November 7.

Tower Hamlets detectives found out that Flanagan punched Gary, which resulted in him falling to the fall and striking his head on the pavement.

He was bailed and will be sentenced on Tuesday, November 24, at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

A 22-year-old man was also arrested for affray towards attending paramedics and then further arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH. He has been released on police bail, for both matters, until a date in late November.